MIT+K12 is a collection of short videos made by MIT students to help younger students, from kindergarten through high school, learn basic science and engineering concepts. The videos will be available through a dedicated MIT website and YouTube channel. A subset of the videos will also be available on Khan Academy, a popular not-for-profit educational site founded by an MIT alumnus.
Ian A. Waitz, dean of the MIT School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, conceived of MIT+K12 to help address growing challenges in primary and secondary education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
Under MIT+K12, MIT students have produced videos that are five to 10 minutes long on topics of their choosing. Students worked with postdoctoral fellows to ensure the content is technically accurate and they received regular technical and editorial support from qualified professionals. The MIT+K12 videos have focused on topics ranging from flying robots to basic chemistry to Earth’s rotation.
The MIT+K12 project has been developed in collaboration with Khan Academy founder and MIT graduate Salman Khan. Khan Academy, launched six years ago, offers an online library of some 3,100 videos that have already received more than 140 million views. Khan gave a special tutorial to MIT students and shared his experience on delivering online educational content via short-form video. MIT+K12 video content will be integrated with Khan Academy’s existing offerings.
Ultimately, the goal is to publish hundreds of videos, on a wide range of topics, for students at every level.
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Countries where available: Worldwide
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